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Air Pollution Kills 600,000 Children Yearly – WHO

Exposure to toxic air both indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Monday. Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of children under the age of 15 — a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five — breath dangerously polluted air. This has tragic consequences: In 2016 alone, some 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, the WHO report found.…

Average Life Expectancy In Nigeria Now 55 Years – WHO

The average life expectancy for Nigerians is now 55 years, World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The global health organisation revealed this in the 2018 global data for life expectancy in where Nigeria ranked 178 out of 192 ranked countries. According to the data, a 2018 Nigerian male born is expected to live approximately 54.7 years, while a female is expected to live approximately 55.7 years in good health. Meanwhile, the statistical report by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for 2017 records that females…

Common Mental Health Disorders Start Before Age 14 – WHO

Half of all mental disorders begin at the adolescent age – before the age of 14 – but most cases go undetected and untreated, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The global health organisation said this in a report: ‘Coming of age: Adolescent health’ to mark the World Mental Health Day commemorated on Wednesday. Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain under-diagnosed and untreated. Tarun Dua, mental health expert at WHO, explained:…

WHO Kicks Off Global Project On Childhood Cancer

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has kicked off a new Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer. The initiative aimed at reaching at least a 60 percent survival rate for children with cancer by 2030, was unveiled on Wednesday as the global health body stated that about $15 million has been donated by the global agency to better foster the initiative which will save an additional one million lives. “To increase prioritisation of childhood cancer through awareness raising at global and national levels and to expand the…

Tuberculosis: Many Cases Undetected In Nigeria -WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that Nigeria still has a number of tuberculosis cases yet to be detected. The health organisation made this public in the latest Global Tuberculosis Report, stating that out of 10 million people who fell ill with tuberculosis in 2017, only 6.4 million were officially recorded, leaving 3.6 million detected but not reported. Describing the epidemic as “the world’s deadliest infectious disease” the report noted that 10 countries accounted for 80 percent of this gap, with…

Report: Cancer To Kill 9.6m Globally In 2018

Some 9.6 million people will die of cancer in 2018, according to a report of the Global Cancer Statistics 2018 released on Wednesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of people around the world, who have cancer is growing rapidly, with 18.1 million new cases, the report said. Cancers of the lung, female breast, and colorectum are the top three cancers in terms of incidence and are ranked within the top five in terms of…

Nigerian Celebrities Speak Out: ‘Our Fans Make Us Depressed’

Some of us who watch our favourite celebrities – singers, actors, and comedians – on television may find it hard to understand why some of them plunge into depression despite their different roles and successes as entertainers. According to researchers at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, depression is “a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.” Our favourite celebrities appear pretty and in shape,…

Lack Of Exercise Increases Risk Of Dementia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the lack of regular physical activity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancers, hypertension, and diabetes. A new study, published in The Lancet Global Health journal on Wednesday, highlighted the benefits of being physically active. According to the study, physical activity has positive effects on mental health, can delay the onset of dementia, and help people maintain a healthy weight, the WHO study found. The study’s lead author, Regina Guthold, of WHO…

Africa Records High Health Improvement – WHO

A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has shown a high improvement in health in the region. WHO, at the study, launched during the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee in Dakar, provided a snapshot of the state of health in the African region. The report said life expectancy across Africa had improved significantly, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most. Emerging data shows a continued improvement, with…

Air Pollution Reduces Human Intelligence

Researchers in the US and China have revealed that exposure to air pollution has a huge impact on intelligence reduction. In a study titled "The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance," researchers examined the skills of thousands of people in China for four years based on measurements of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter where participants lived. They further clarified that the results adopted was not just limited to China but cuts across…
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